Juggling: weekly wrap

Since this semester started, I’ve been struggling to fit runs into my new schedule. So even though my injuries feel fully healed, I’ve been stuck around a 10 mile weekly total all year. This week I finally realized the source of the problem.


Planned to run in the evening, but got home much later than expected due to leaving work later than planned plus a flat tire.


A couple hours were lost to getting the flat repaired. On the plus side, I didn’t have anything scheduled on campus so I stayed home the rest of the day to work on writing projects. This also meant I got in 2.5 miles with Kara while it was fully daylight.


Got home almost as late as I did Monday, but my husband was out of town so I had to take Kara out anyway. We did a quick 1.5 miles. Also got in a strength workout earlier in the day.


Rest day. Actually, I planned to go to pool running class, but was tired and went home instead.


Once again left work later than planned, though at least this time that meant late afternoon. It was well above freezing Thursday and Friday, and I forgot my nanospikes, which made for a rather slick 3.8 miles.


I planned to take Kara for a run. Unfortunately, her leg was bothering her, so we turned around and walked home after less than half a mile. I went out again by myself for 2.4 miles total.

Kara’s leg seems better today – it’s stiff, but she’s putting her full weight on it – so I’m guessing she just slipped and tweaked something.


Strength workout at home, so I had to scratch the barbell exercises but still got most of it in.

Total: barely over 10 miles, even though I ran 4 times for the first time since before the LCL strain.

Monday has been a scheduled run day for me for a long time. Since this semester started, I’ve fit in that scheduled run once. And I think I know why…this is a pretty typical Monday/Tuesday schedule for me:

My Monday schedule is sliced up to the point I’m lucky to get half an hour free before 5. Of course there’s technically time after that; I’m just unlikely to have the energy left for a run. But the solution is obvious…I have plenty of time to run on Tuesday. I guess I just got into a mental scheduling rut. I will be ditching the rut (that’s a horrible pun, please pretend it wasn’t intentional) to run on Tuesdays and make Mondays rest days.

How do you notice and get out of schedule ruts?

Linking up with Holly and Wendy for Weekly Wrap

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  1. Wendy says: Reply

    I’m in a scheduling rut myself–one of my partners at work is out on maternity leave, which has forced the rest of us to rearrange our schedules. I’m a morning runner, but right now I’m working the early hours. I’m forcing myself to run in the afternoon which just is not my favorite thing. But if I don’t go, the miles don’t get done.

    My pup Cocoa was limping a while ago and we realized she hurt her back! It’s hard to get a dog to rest. Some pain meds helped and now she’s her usual crazy self.

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I confess, we had to get out the sedative we had left over from when Kara had her surgery to convince her to rest. She was bouncing off the walls without her usual long walk!

  2. Sounds like you are super busy at the moment. Sometimes we just need a little cut back and a forced one sometimes helps. Hope you have a good week
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      My forced cutback has lasted months now! I’m physically ready to ramp back up, just have to figure out the schedule.

  3. Sorry that scheduling is messing up your running and hope your move to a Tuesday run helps that.

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      So far so good!

  4. Kim G says: Reply

    I fall into that “mental training rut” too. It’s kind of hard to switch running days, especially when you’re used to a routine. I hope that moving the run to Tuesday will help!

    I also had to take my car to the shop on Friday for a slow leak in my tire. The roads here are horrible and I feel like this happens at least once a year.

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Our roads can get nasty, but there was actually a screw in my tire…almost certainly from our garage!

  5. I’ve had plenty of schedule ruts! But I think you are onto something. Swapping that run to Tuesday sounds like a winner. Good on you for picking that up. Given how your Mondays look, keeping a run on those days will keep setting you up for a fall.

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      It does seem to work better!

  6. It’s great that you realized the scheduling thing. A lot of people would have just kept on doing their thing, and not realizing the problem. I got into the routine of early morning running (at least during the work week) when I was training for Route 66 (late summer of 2016). I had to be at work by 8:00, so the easiest way to get in the runs was to do them early in the morning…and that’s where the #5at5’s began. For me, I love getting up early and knocking out a run or a workout before my workday begins. Last summer, I took on more hours, so I don’t really have free afternoons anymore, so the early morning workout routine has stayed 😉

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I have very bad night vision – lights can only help so much – so running in the dark is usually my last choice! Summer is much easier scheduling wise, since it’s light around 5 am here.

  7. Since I don’t work, I do have a lot of leeway with workouts. Sort of — I still keep myself busy! And I swear the dogs want to go out every time I sit down, and they rarely go out together.

    Hope Kara is still feeling good. Glad you were able to figure out what the problem was!

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Well, isn’t sitting down the signal that it’s time to go outside? 😉 When Kara thinks you’re taking too long to leave for her walk, she’ll actually try to take your hand in her mouth (gently) and lead you to the door!

  8. If my schedule is out of sync, I can quickly crash and burn. I try to plan my runs for the week on Sundays, but sometimes it’s tough to squeeze it all in. I try to be as flexible as possible but it really is a balancing act.

    It looks so pretty where you live! Nice job with the miles you were able to do. I need to get back to 10 miles a week!
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I try to plan on Sundays as well – I’d have no idea what was going on if I didn’t!

  9. I’m currently in a schedule rut right now! Our youngest boy is a sometimes night-waker and always early riser, so my early morning running schedule is now derailed… It’s just for a season but I’m struggling with energy to fit training runs in otherwise!

    Your views on the trail are beautiful! I hope you are able to find a routine that works for your life right now. Juggling life responsibilities, running and actually resting is so hard!

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Energy “scheduling” is harder than time scheduling sometimes!

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